Nationwide soaking forecast as West's dry spell ends

nationwide soaking forecast as west's dry spell ends

WA's dry spell is set to end with rain forecast across 80 per cent of the country in coming days.

A massive weather system stretching 4000 kilometres from Western Australia to the east coast is set to bring rain to 80 per cent of the country.

Pools of cold, unstable air from the northwest fuelled by tropical moisture should deliver falls to every state and territory during the next week, Weatherzone says.

The dynamic system spanning from the Kimberley through the central outback to the Murray-Darling Basin could also produce thunderstorms, hail and snow.

Wet and stormy weather will mainly target WA before spreading across central and southern Australia on Thursday, and eastern Australia from Friday into the weekend.

A second rain-bearing system is expected to bring follow-up rain to parts of WA from Saturday or Sunday.

Nationwide soakings were blocked through the summer months by a stubborn ridge of high pressure entrenched to the country's south.

That blocking high-pressure pattern finally broke down this week, bringing the first northwest cloud band of the season, with decent rain expected in every state and territory.

The heaviest falls are anticipated in South Australia and WA and moderate rain is likely over parts of Tasmania.

Heavy rain in NSW is also possible due to the interaction between the northwest cloud band and a developing low-pressure trough in the Tasman Sea.

Overnight severe storms packing destructive winds and hail have brought much-needed rainfall to drought-stricken farmers in WA's Wheatbelt.

The heaviest falls were around the Bunbury area, with 72mm recorded in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Bridgetown received 18mm of rain, Katanning 12mm, Brookton 20mm and Corrigon 10mm.

"This is the rain that the farmers through the Wheatbelt have been waiting for," meteorologist Jessica Lingard said.

Thunderstorms also lashed Perth, with 26mm of rain recorded in the 24 hours to 9am.

Trees and powerlines were downed as some suburbs were hit by significant hail.

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